Luxury Cruise Trends in 2012
As we leap into 2012 the words luxury and cruise go hand in hand with countless amenities. All the major luxury cruise lines are touting all-inclusive amenities. Crystal Cruises will begin all-inclusive inclusions with the 2012 Europe season and continue on into the foreseeable future. Regent Seven Seas Cruises continues to think of new ways to add value, with their newest addition of complimentary hotel stays. Other amenities may include free airfare, paid gratuities and included beverages. Even upper premium cruise lines are starting to add more inclusive amenities to their repertoire. Oceania Cruises now has a special reduced cost beverage program and discounted shore excursion program.
While added amenities are great, the bright future of luxury cruising is the innovative ship designs and redesigns. Seabourn now has three all-suite ships carrying only 450 privileged guests that feature a watersports marina, innovative Seabourn Square living room environment and luxurious large spa. Cunard just relaunched the famous Queen Mary 2 with fresh new décor and technical updates to keep her running smoothly. Plus, April 2012 will mark the launching of Oceania Cruises second brand new ship, Riviera. She joins her sister ship Marina in featuring seven fine dining venues, intriguing new activities such as the Artists Loft and elegant appointments including an Owners Suite furnished in Ralph Lauren Home.
2012 will bring much excitement to the world of luxury cruising. Guests who sail these cruise lines will already know that 2012 is selling quickly and 2013 has already opened up, as well as 2014 in some cases![box] Want a chance to WIN A Luxury Cruise? Cruise Specialists is giving away a [click to enter ->] 7-night Oceania Mediterranean Cruise for 2 [/box]
Author Note: Written by Alysia Murillo, head of marketing and social media for Cruise Specialists, a travel agency recognized by Condé Nast Traveler and other travel publications as one of the nation’s top luxury and cruise travel agencies.
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